Why you, Thierry? Why you of all people? You always stood for something purer in the polluted world of football. You sent "good luck'' texts to rivals like Steven Gerrard.
You sought out Frank Lampard after one Chelsea-Arsenal tear-up, wishing him great joy with impending fatherhood.
You played the game with style and a smile. So why cheat? Thierry, you have just given football its "Say it ain't so, Joe'' moment. From Shoeless to Shameless.
If it had been William Gallas or Lassana Diarra conning the referee with the Hand of Gaul, the shockwaves would not have spread so far and wide, the calls for replays and video umpires would not have been so strident.
What is truly dispiriting about this skulduggery at the Stade de Fraud is that the perpetrator was Henry, an individual admired within an oft-criticised game for possessing principles. Until Wednesday.
If hitherto good guys like Henry are sacrificing their scruples on the high altar of "the end justifies the means'', then football really has lost its moral compass. The governing body of the global game, Fifa, must react strongly to an outrage more harmful than Diego Maradona's Hand of God.
Maradona was a serial charlatan. Henry was not.
So what should Fifa do? Simple. A cheat like Henry should not be allowed to attend the World Cup while honest souls like Shay Given, Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and Ireland's wonderful supporters stay at home.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter must ban France's captain from any involvement in South Africa.
The alternative is too damaging. Before a global audience to be numbered in billions, the sight of Henry leading France out behind the Fair Play banner would make a mockery of Fifa's well-intentioned crusade against cheating. The World Cup is Blatter's party and he can cry foul if he wants to.